Last year I decided to do a 90 day thanks and giving challenge, in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. The day I started this challenge just happened to be the day before my son started a new medication. What followed was four of the hardest parenting weeks I’ve had in a long time. There were many days I faced my own limitations, fear, and anxiety as I struggled to help my son, seek answers, and trust the doctor.
I believe that it was no accident that during this time I was also living in intentional gratitude because I had committed to the “Thanks and Giving Challenge”. In many ways, focusing on being thankful each day kept me tethered to Christ and certainly blessed me so much more than I expected.
I believe when we actively seek out the beauty, the joy, the blessings in our lives, we are reminded that we not only have a good Father, but we have a God who follows through on His promises. When I did this challenge last year it was impossible for me to lose hope or forget just how much God loves me and loves my family. I saw how God provided for and protected my son. And I was reassured that His ways are better than mine.
After experiencing the transformative power of living in intentional gratitude I decided to share the love and designed a journal to share with others. I first shared it with the women who attended the Renew & Restore Retreat last year. But now it’s available to all of you, too! The Bold, Brave, & Blessed Journal: A 60 day journey to overcoming fear and trusting God, will keep you aware of God’s active presence in your life. It can also help overcome fear and anxiety, enabling you to lean into God and find comfort, strength and hope in your relationship with Him, instead of pulling away and being consumed by your troubles.
Each day has an encouraging verse of scripture, as well as a place to complete the following statements:
- Today I am afraid of….
- Today I am asking God to…
- Today I am thankful for…
The journal is designed to be printed front and back, and then folded in half. Below is a picture tutorial on how to print and assemble your journal. I used beautiful hand-painted artwork by The Autumn Rabbit, purchased from Creative Market, so it looks best when printed in color. But the journal works just as well in black-and-white. I also recommend printing on a slightly heavier weight paper. I used 28 pound bright white paper.
Now this beautiful journal is available to you for free. All I ask is that you subscribe to my blog first. (If you are already a subscriber, please send me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you a direct link to download.)
Feel free to print as many copies as you like and share with friends. However, I do ask you don’t load the file to your own blog or website for distribution, and instead link back to this site if you want to share online or via social media.